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  1. Worth checking some old Coins News from the time - I'm sure the Australian Coin Review had Royal Mint report summaries in the late 1960s early 1970s.
  2. I suspect not - just as silver nitrate I think stains the skin very easily but silver coins don't stain your hands.
  3. Hm, I hadn't thought about light-sensitivity. Silver something-or-other was used for old photographic film or plates so that makes sense.
  4. Possibly, though I work with a South African fellow and he says that corruption is pretty bad there - someone may have been tempted to make thousands of dollars selling coins that no one really knew about.
  5. I somehow doubt a reclamation rate of 90% too - from memory the British West African withdrawal rate was around 90% for two shillings coins (the highest rate for any denomination). I suppose some of the survivors would be too worn to identify (probably not a whole lot though - 60 years of circulation has left plenty of half-decent coins) and I suppose a fair few would have been sent overseas. I'm sure plenty of British pennies ended up in Australia and New Zealand at least and I think the average collector here in Australia isn't too bothered with Freeman numbers.
  6. A different die do you think? Do you know around what year(s) these coins were sourced? If there were no provenances possibly they were sold off by corrupt officials or whatever.
  7. I'm sure the mint would have figure - possibly in old coin magazines of the day? Certainly in their annual reports. There are pretty accurate figures for pre-1937 coinage withdrawal in British West Africa in Vice's book.
  8. What are the other differences? Agreed! It is often mentioned as the source of those 1924 proof sets with the 1922 penny but I can't find a source to back that up. https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/great-britain-george-v-satin-finish-specimen-set-1924-and-1922-not-listed-in-the-spink-guide-but-well-known-these-are/a/340-15206.s mentions an old collection from South Africa but that's a little vague.
  9. Yes I figured half sovereigns got less love in general. It's definitely not a die fill though - the size of the design has changed as well.
  10. No love for 20th century half sovereigns I guess?
  11. Any that aren't listed in Davies?
  12. Nice design. Didn't realise just how much craft went into unofficial stuff like this before I saw this thread.
  13. Do reverse A/no B.P. 1904 half sovereigns exist? I haven't seen one but haven't been to track many images of 1904 half sovereigns to check. Marsh says that they do but he said that reverse B/B.P. 1904P half sovereigns exist and I've looked at a few and I think they probably don't (and it is listed as unverified in the local Australian catalogue).
  14. What does the book say about wreath crowns?
  15. They're both 156 denticles - Davies makes the note that the length of the denticles varies from year to year as well.